magic bullet http://michiganradio.org en Recap: Everything you need to know about the Midwest economy's magic bullets http://michiganradio.org/post/recap-everything-you-need-know-about-midwest-economys-magic-bullets <p>History is filled with searches for Magic Bullets.</p><p>Economically speaking, those are quick-fix endeavors that promise to fix sour economies, provide jobs and bring prosperity to communities and regions. Changing Gears reporter Kate Davidson wrote earlier this week that, &ldquo;Some have soared; many have backfired.&rdquo;</p><p>Communities across the Midwest are employing a new round of Magic Bullets in attempts to rescue themselves from the Great Recession. All sound promising, but which ones stand up under further scrutiny?</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:43:55 +0000 Pete Bigelow 4668 at http://michiganradio.org Recap: Everything you need to know about the Midwest economy's magic bullets Can health care be a magic bullet for the Midwest? (Part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/can-health-care-be-magic-bullet-midwest-part-3 <p>Detroit is the latest metro area vying to become a medical destination. The hope is that its hospital systems can draw patients from outside its region, helping the local economy.</p><p>In short, Detroit wants to be more like Cleveland.</p><p>But Cleveland could be tough to copy.</p><p><strong>Cosgrove comes to Cleveland</strong></p><p>In 1975, a young cardiologist arrived in Cleveland.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I came here in a rented truck with a Vega on the back end because it was too sick to pull,&rdquo;</em> Toby Cosgrove says.</p><p>Jump ahead 36 years and that newbie with a beater of a car is now CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.</p><p>Cosgrove presides over a medical empire vastly larger than when he came to town hoping to get better at heart surgery.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We were about 140-150 doctors. We&rsquo;ve grown a bit since that time. We&rsquo;re now about 3,000,&rdquo;</em> he says. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 4620 at http://michiganradio.org Can health care be a magic bullet for the Midwest? (Part 3) Magic bullets in the form of advanced battery manufacturing (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/magic-bullets-form-advanced-battery-manufacturing-part-2 <p>Three years ago, the advanced battery industry in the United States existed only in the imagination.</p><p>Plenty of people believed electric cars would be the next big thing, and they would be powered by lithium ion batteries; the same kind of batteries that are in cell phones and laptops.</p><p>But in 2008, almost all of the lithium ion batteries in the world were made in Asia.</p><p>Randy Thelan heard that might be about to change.</p><p><strong>Batteries come to Michigan</strong></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:28:18 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 4615 at http://michiganradio.org Magic bullets in the form of advanced battery manufacturing (Part 2) Obama, werewolves and silver…er…magic bullets http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-werewolves-and-silver%E2%80%A6er%E2%80%A6magic-bullets <p>While we&rsquo;re on the <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/10/16/a-very-brief-history-of-the-midwest-magic-bullet/" target="_blank" title="Magic Bullet History">subject of magic bullets</a>, please indulge this brief sidebar.</p><p>Schisms&nbsp;happen.&nbsp; There was once a tremendous split&nbsp;between the (now) Roman Catholic Church and the (now) Eastern Orthodox Church.&nbsp; Today there&rsquo;s also a Great Schism in the&nbsp;bullet world.</p><p>Namely,&nbsp;between those who say <em>magic bullet </em>and&nbsp;those who say <em>silver bullet</em> &mdash; both parties&nbsp;referring to an economic quick fix.</p><p>On one side,&nbsp;you have President Obama, who may be the highest profile proponent of the term silver&nbsp;bullet. While pitching his jobs plan to&nbsp;a recent joint session of Congress he said,<em> &ldquo;It should not be nor will it be&nbsp;the last plan of action we propose. What&rsquo;s&nbsp;guided us from the start of this crisis hasn&rsquo;t been the search for a silver&nbsp;bullet. It&rsquo;s been a commitment to stay&nbsp;at it, to be persistent, to keep trying every new idea that works.&rdquo;</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:49:47 +0000 Kate Davidson 4605 at http://michiganradio.org Obama, werewolves and silver…er…magic bullets A very brief history of the Midwest magic bullet (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/very-brief-history-midwest-magic-bullet-part-1 <p>History is full of the search for magic bullets, those quick tickets to jobs and economic prosperity. Cities across our region have put great hopes and resources into magic bullets.</p><p>Some have soared; many have backfired.</p><p>This week, we&rsquo;re bringing you stories of magic bullets past and present. We start with this look back.</p><p>Magic bullets are kind of like imaginary friends. We all have them in our past, but most people deny they exist.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:11:57 +0000 Kate Davidson 4604 at http://michiganradio.org A very brief history of the Midwest magic bullet (Part 1)